Nevada Will Host The Idaho State Bengals As The Wolf Pack Look To Avoid Going 0-3.
Nevada hosts the Idaho State Bengals on Saturday as they will start a new quarterback and look to get in the win column for the first time this season.
– Contact/Follow @BrandonGBlake
Nevada is going with a true freshman quarterback this week.
The Nevada Wolf Pack will look to avoid an 0-3 start on Saturday night as they play host to the Idaho State Bengals in Mackey Stadium.
The Wolf Pack are coming off a tough loss to Toledo last Saturday by a score of 37-24. It was a game in which the Wolf Pack struggled with consistency on offense but despite that, still had a chance to get back into the game but a pair of turnovers later in the game derailed those hopes as the Wolf Pack dropped their home opener.
Going into their contest against the Bengals, the Wolf Pack will be starting true freshman Kaymen Cureton at quarterback on Saturday. Cureton gets the start after Ty Gangi started the first two games of the season at quarterback. In those games, Gangi did throw four touchdowns but his completion percentage was below 50 percent (47.3) and the passing game has been inconsistent. Nevada head coach Jay Norvell has now turned the offense over to Cureton for now.
Nevada is looking to jump start a passing offense against a Bengals team coming off a 51-13 shellacking by the hands of Utah State on September 7th. The struggling Wolf Pack passing attack could get a boost this week as they face a Bengals pass defense that gave up 341 yards passing last week against the Aggies.
Idaho State is ranked last in the Big Sky conference in pass defense giving up 521 yards in the air thru two games. If there was a time for the Wolf Pack’s Air Raid offense to get going, it is this Saturday.
Along with getting the passing game going with a new quarterback, another key for a Wolf Pack victory on Saturday is to protect the ball and cut down on the penalties. In the Toledo game last Saturday, the Wolf Pack accumulated nine penalties for 75 yards and turned the ball over twice late in the game to kill any chance of Nevada coming back to make the game competitive.
Now Toledo did have 14 penalties for 110 yards but a team like Nevada that is in the midst of a rebuild and has a bit of talent deficiency cannot have so many penalties and turn the ball over against talented teams. Those two items must be rectified for the Wolf Pack to win their first game of the season.
The Wolf Pack are 0-2 and are starting a true freshman quarterback and that could spell disaster for Nevada. But they are facing an Idaho State team that struggles to defend the pass and are at home. If Cureton can find the weapons on this Wolf Pack offense (notably McLane Mannix and Wyatt Demps), shore up the penalties and protect the ball, Nevada should be able to secure their first win of the season on Saturday.